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FEMA boots on the ground

Disaster Assistance

FEMA Money helping El Paso County

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA have boots on the ground to help homeowners, renters and business owners deal with the effects of the September 11th flooding in El Paso County.

Four FEMA teams will be at the Disaster Assistance Center which is at the Cañon School at 1201 West Cheyenne Road to answer questions and help get the ball rolling for money help for disaster relief.  Four other FEMA teams will be going door to door to do the arduous task of assessing the damage to homes, businesses and property.

Renee Bafalis is with FEMA. She told me that despite the damages to property and the emotional damage that families are feeling, "These communities are very strong and I know they will come back."

Colorado Springs Fire Chief Chris Riley agrees with that assessment of those hit hard by flooding, "I'm feeling for the victims of this because it is overwhelming.  I'm very sorry for the community that's suffered this devastation."

Up to 32-thousand dollars of FEMA grant money will be available based on need, insurance or lack of it and other factors.  The ball is now in your court to get the process rolling.  You need to register to see if you can take advantage of the money.  The phone number to call is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  There is also an online page to register.  You can see the link to it on Links We Mentioned. 

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